• September 2018 - Volume 20, Number 9

    Features

    Mississippi hunters are blessed with tremendous public-land opportunities. Here’s an overview.

    Brad Madden sat high in a climbing tree stand overlooking an open bottom frequented by grass-browsing does that were beginning to be chased by bucks at the onset of the rut. He had seen a few does earlier in the afternoon, but nothing with antlers. 

    Even with summer’s heat still pounding down on Mississippi waters, catfish are almost always ready and willing to bite. Here’s how to catch them.

    September in Mississippi can be the hottest time of the year. Noted for the return of football, deer-camp workdays and oppressive heat, it is still the heart of summer — even though fall is on the horizon as the ninth month arrives.

    Deer hunters should be prepared to figure out where whitetails will be when bow season opens, and knowing food sources and approaching trails will give you a leg up.

    Perry Ross of Big Creek never thinks of deer hunting as a seasonal sport. At 55, he’s got nearly 50 years under his belt in the woods, and for him there’s the offseason and the on-season — but it’s always deer season. 

    The best wing-shooting on Labor Day weekend will usually be in fields where doves have discovered a solid food source. You need to join them.

    With an estimated population of 275 million in North America, the mourning dove is one of the most-abundant and recognizable birds in the land. In the south, Labor Day weekend brings hunters from all walks of life into fields for the opening day of the dove season. 

    Keep a sharp eye out for tripletail when you leave the dock in Biloxi; they provide some great, late-summer sight-fishing opportunities.

    When most fishermen hear about saltwater sight-fishing out of Biloxi, they immediately think about spotting redfish tailing in the shallows of the marsh or pushing water against a bank. 

    Small ponds, big lakes and rivers: September’s tactics are just about the same across Mississippi. Learn how to approach these different but similar fisheries.

    When asked about September bass fishing in Mississippi, bass pro Pete Ponds answered with an immediate and unexpected question of his own:

    Mississippi deer hunters would love to know where to find big, mature bucks on public land. This month’s WMA forecast may answer that question.